WoW.com just posted a link from Blizzard with a surprising piece of information. Now that the RealID system is in place, the plan is that all posts on official Blizzard forums will show the real name of the poster.
I’ll be surious to see if they hold the line on this or back off. I expect there to be a lot of backlash.
On one hand, people will be less likely to troll when their real name is attached to their obnoxious posts.
On the other hand, people who are concerned with internet privacy will most likely not post on the Blizzard forums at all. If your name is attached to your posts, then people will see those posts by Googling your name.
Personally, I like to keep my personal, professional, and gaming lives separate. I have different email accounts for each aspect of my life, and I am careful to minimize overlap. As a teacher, I’m not sure that I want my students to follow my doings in Azeroth.
Also, in the current information age we all know that businesses will Google the names of job applicants. If you wouldn’t put your WoW accomplishments on your resume, then you probably don’t want a prospective employer to find out about that side of your life.
Facebook recently took a lot of flak when they made their information less private. I am sure that Blizzard will face the same criticism. I don’t post on the official forums very often, but with this in place I am even less likely to do so.